June 3, 2013

Ten by Gretchen McNeill

Description:  “SHHHH! Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island. You do NOT want to miss it.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

My Review: I enjoyed Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, so Ten was recommended to me as a readalike. Ten was a quick, suspenseful, and action-packed read that kept me on the edge of my seat. It explored themes of revenge, friendship, and loyalty. I didn’t really connect with the main character, but that’s probably because this novel is more plot-driven than character-driven. Nowadays I tend to prefer character-driven stories, but back when I was a teen I’m sure I would have LOVED this book. I was really into Fear Street and Nightmare Hall books and watched a ton of horror movies with my friends (Scream was my favorite!). If you’re a fan of mystery and horror, give this one a try. 


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